Television personality star, Nikki Bella, was caught in the midst of controversy following the resurfacing of a controversial video from 8 years ago.
What did American wrestler, Nikki Bella, have to say?
In 2013, the WWE Hall of Famer made an appearance on the hit TV show “Fashion Police” which was hosted by Joan Rivers. Within the contents of the clip that has been circulating around Twitter, Bella mocked wrestling superstar Joanie “Chyna” Laurer by stating that she looked like a “man”.
Sat next to her twin sister Brie, Nikki jokes while looking at a photograph of the late Chyna, “We don’t know if it’s a man or a woman.”
Joan Rivers, who was 81 at the time, additionally added on, “I totally agree… Her vagina has a penis.”
Laurer passed away in 2016 at age 46. Since her death, the wrestling legend’s Twitter has been taken over by her estate. Once the clip started popularizing, Laurer’s official Twitter account referred to the comments as “disrespectful” on Monday.
After receiving criticism for her commentary, Bella issued an apology on the joint Twitter account she shares with her sister. The apology reads, “I want to sincerely apologize for a comment I made over 8 years ago on ‘Fashion Police.'”
She continued on and offered that, “I am sorry and embarrassed by my 29 year old self, who offended Chyna and, in turn, hurt her family and others. I wish I could take it back.”
“Please learn from me, it’s not worth hurting someone’s feelings for a meaningless laugh,” Bella offered with words of advice to the world. The 37-year-old also added her respects to Chyna by stating, “Chyna will always be remembered as an icon and pioneer who helped create the opportunities for women in wrestling that exist today.”
Bella additionally thanked Chyna after recognizing the work the late wrestler put in for women’s wrestling.
While fans were still critiquing Bella for her previous statements, Chyna’s official Twitter page retweeted the apology and had a few words to say.
“It was sincere. Please stop attacking her. Her apology has been passed on to the family also,” the tweet read. “She has grown as a person. There is no hate or ill will. Please build each other up not tear down. Chyna believed in forgiveness,” said the Twitter account. The account also offered that Bella reached out privately to apologize.
There is yet to be more commentary from both Nikki Bella and the Laurer estate.
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